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Matt Cassel, in his fourth season, second-year pro Matt Gutierrez and rookie third-round draft pick Kevin O'Connell struggled in the 16-15 loss to Baltimore in the exhibition opener.
Against Tampa Bay, Cassel started and played into the third quarter, completing six of 10 passes for 57 yards. O'Connell replaced him and went 6-for-15 for 61 yards and one interception. Gutierrez didn't play.
Belichick shed little light on when Brady might play.
Asked if he would have played had the game been during the regular season, Belichick said Sunday night, "Well, it's not a regular-season game."
When asked if he would characterize Brady's absence as precautionary, he said, "I wouldn't characterize it."
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